There are lots of exciting projects going
on in K-12 schools. We have been hosting professional development
workshops, coaching, writing, and researching. Our focus is to focus
on how people learn design thinking.
Here’s some updates.....
- ASPIRE SCHOOLS TEACHER
TRAINING WORKSHOP: After hosting
a high-energy workshop for teachers at East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy
and the East Palo Alto Charter School we were inspired by the way they
dove in and begun trying design challenges the week after the workshop.
We visited both schools and had the opportunity to see their wonderful
work in action. Art and special education teachers
Nico Valdes and Griffith Montgomery
had their students designing cereal boxes and building empathy with
characters. Coach Marie White and 8th grade Language Arts teacher, Jessica Chacon
had their students develop character maps which they used to design
gifts for the characters in "The House on Mango Street. HIgh school
social studies teacher Matt
Brownstein is planning a design challenge
around food and the writings of Michael Pollan.
- BAYSIDE STEM ACADEMY
TEACHER TRAINING WORKSHOP
A key focus of our
work at Bayside is supporting teachers as they integrate
design thinking and content
learning. The Oct 4th session focused on empathy
skills. Teachers went
out to the field- coffee shops, stores, etc., and conducted
observations and interviews.
They also wrote insightful and creative stories
using their Empathy Box collections.
- EAST PALO ALTO ACADEMY
are coaching teachers on developing design challenges. Molly Bullock,
7/8 science and math
teacher is working on an amazing challenge involving
density. Stay posted!
- We are hosting visitors from
Southern Illinois University’s Collaboratory next week. If you are near campus feel free
to join us at 11:30 for a lunch meeting. We also had a wonderful experience
with our first remote office hour Skype chat where we discussed plans
for a summer design camp with Inventors Without Borders. Come visit
or chat remotely- bring your questions, projects and enthusiasm. We
are excited to learn from you and with you...
- Teacher Event on the
evening of Tuesday October 20th: 5pm - 7pm. Mark
your calendars! The POV of the evening is to honor the work that you
are doing, have some fun, drinks, and come together as a community around
this work. Can't wait to see you then!